Eight Years Of Renewable Energy At New Hampshire’s Northern Wood Power

Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) is celebrating the eighth anniversary of the Northern Wood Power biomass unit at Schiller Station. Northern Wood Power was completed and became operational in December, 2006, permanently replacing a 50-megawatt coal-burning boiler with an environmentally-friendly system that uses clean wood chips for fuel. It has earned state, regional, national, […]

Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) is celebrating the eighth anniversary of the Northern Wood Power biomass unit at Schiller Station.

Northern Wood Power was completed and became operational in December, 2006, permanently replacing a 50-megawatt coal-burning boiler with an environmentally-friendly system that uses clean wood chips for fuel. It has earned state, regional, national, and international awards for its innovation and positive environmental changes.

“Northern Wood Power has provided customers with clean energy and tremendous value during its first eight years of commercial operation,” said Bill Smagula, PSNH Vice President – Generation. “Its success is a tribute to all the great effort put forth by many PSNH employees and the work of our local foresters.”

Over its first eight years, Northern Wood Power’s achievements have included:
•    More than 2.5 billion kilowatt hours of renewable energy produced and delivered to PSNH customers and the regional energy market
•    More than four million tons of clean wood chips consumed, displacing coal
•    Adding more than $330 million to the regional economy

Northern Wood Power is part of a diverse PSNH power generation portfolio that has served the Granite State for many years and includes wood, hydro, wind, coal, natural gas and oil. The Northern Wood Power boiler generates enough electricity to power approximately 50,000 New Hampshire homes and reduces air emissions due to it being one of the cleanest burning boilers in New England. By utilizing a locally available renewable fuel source, Northern Wood Power not only lessens New Hampshire’s dependence on fossil fuels but also has served as a new and significant wood chip market for New Hampshire’s forest industry.

From Forest Business Network: http://www.forestbusinessnetwork.com/43092/eight-years-of-renewable-energy-at-portsmouth/

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